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PETE NAMLOOK & K. SCHULZE: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOG III

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

2.97 | 24 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars As usual with this project, some parts are excellent and some other ones are, let's say, of minor importance.

For the ones who likes the early days from the man (to which I belong), I can only recommend the first section (or movement) of this long epic. It is sliced into six sections of which the long opener (eighteen minutes) seems to come out from another age.

Cold, sidereal, impressive, elegant, icy beauty, tenebrous soundscapes, brilliant atmosphere. It reminds me very much ASOS (the track) from whom you might have heard even if this third album from this series refers to "Phantom Heart Brother". I guess that some of you might find it a bit too long and monochord, but I quite like the mysterious mood that emanates from this track.

This abyssal section flows nicely into an ocean of melody that opens the second movement of this hour long epic. Again, old timers will find their way with these twelve minutes of lunar music.

If I except "In Blue" which was released the same year as this one, there has been a very long time that Klaus didn't score that high in my heart ("En=Trance" in 88 perhaps). This first half an hour is extremely pleasant to my ears, very relaxing of course and holds some melodic and enjoyable long moments.

Unfortunately, the third section (some ten minutes) breaks this splendid feel and is somewhat noisy and difficult to swallow. Purely experimental and not convincing for sure. The album would have benefited if this section could have been avoided.

Section IV, is more in line with his work from the nineties: more upbeat, almost dance. An inch commercial and somewhat Jarre oriented to a certain extent. Not too bad. The next part combines fine keyboards with average whispering during most of it. After mid-time, the beauty of the first two sections are on the forefront again. It works very well on me; but I'm biased.

The closing and short Part VI, brings us back where the first and opening track left us. To loop the loop.

This third leg of this "Moog" collection is my fave so far. Seven out of ten (but rounded down to three stars because of the weak third movement).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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